14 May 2020 -

How do foundries maintain continuity during Covid? We find out

semiconductor manufacturing

An interesting two-part feature has been posted on Semi.org called ‘Building Resilience and Maintaining Business Continuity,’ that gains an insight into how GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) Singapore is dealing with the impact of coronovirus.

They spoke with Dan Steele, Senior Director and the APAC Head of Environmental, Health, Safety, and Security (EHS&S) at GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) Singapore, via teleconference, to understand what they’ve implemented from their Business Continuity Plan (BCP) to guide them through the pandemic.

Steele says, “Our semiconductor technology is vital to a range of industries including health care, communications, infrastructure and security. With these priorities in mind, the company undertook unprecedented steps and has adapted to the crisis by dynamically adjusting its protocols, health and safety measures, and business processes to protect its teams while maintaining manufacturing excellence.”

Their ‘new normal’ routines include:

  • Temperature checks at all building entrances for every individual including employees, contractors, visitors, and customers who come into their facilities.
  • Their own two degrees of separation list that that use to track employees with families and close associates who were linked to a COVID-19 case.
  • Teams split into an A/B work arrangement to ensure continuity of our operations.
  • Moving all meetings of 10 or more people to virtual communications.

Steele stresses they are committed to safeguarding the well-being of their employees while supporting and sustaining their on-site operations and protecting customers’ products. 

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